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Based on 15 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    It's an interesting technique -- the blurring of reality and "movies" -- but Korine's objective is so narrow and mean, and his viewpoint so colored by smug, adolescent condescension, that Gummo comes off like a mean-spirited prank. show more

  • 20
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Virtually plotless, the movie does its best to be offensive, but not in the service of any particular theme. The use of mentally impaired youngsters as actors is cheap and exploitative. You can only wonder about the emperor's new clothes, and how much Hollywood paid for them. [17 Oct. 1997, p.52] show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Gummo isn't so much a movie as it is an experiment, and, taken on those terms, it is a fascinating piece of work. Repellent, disgusting and ugly, yes -- but still fascinating. [23 Jan. 1998, p.5G] show more

  • 50
    Chicago Sun-Times

    The sideshows in Gummo offer no particular form -- or even formlessness -- despite the visual momentum created by Jean Yves Escoffier's arresting camera work. [6 March 1998, p.40] show more

  • 25
    San Francisco Examiner

    Korine's trying to offer a radical vision of rotten America, but the whole thing feels warmed over. show more

  • 25
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Like Jerry Springer, it's loaded with class bias, offering a condescending fantasy that sees the poor as exotically grotesque, promiscuous, violent, and spiritually doomed. [17 Oct. 1997, p.D9] show more

  • 25
    Baltimore Sun

    Gummo is one of the most repellent cinematic efforts in recent memory. Whatever small audiences it attracts -- and they will be drawn mostly by the prospect of watching something "shocking" -- will wind up leaving the theater in a state of disgust. [21 Nov. 1997, p.5E] show more

  • NA
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    The point of all this nihilism and grotesqueness? You got me. Perhaps Korine thinks he's getting at some harsh truth in showing troubled youngsters running amok without positive adult role models, but that's malarkey. There's a difference between unblinkingly observing reality and wallowing in degeneracy. [6 March 1998] show more

  • 60
    Kim Newman Empire

    As horribly funny as it is depressing, it gets pretty hard to take after a while, especially for anyone who is a committed cat-lover. A melancholy edge of deliberate poetry mutes the ugly realism but also serves to make bearable what might otherwise be an hour-and-a-half of hell. show more

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    Russell Smith Austin Chronicle

    Now I realize my confessed appreciation for Kids will thoroughly bugger my credibility in describing Gummo with phrases like “appalling,” “gratuitously cruel,” and “exploitative,” but the unmitigated repulsiveness of this film pretty much rules out all subtler options. show more

  • September 27, 2008 J FoRmZ 187
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    Gummo is the most random movie ever made. I strongly suggest to everyone to watch this movie just to whitness its randomness. I do however suggest you either drink some alchahol or smoke some weed before or during the movie though.

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